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Employee burnout is on the rise due to stress and anxiety, but you can refresh and refocus while increasing your personal resilience.

Cranfield's Retreat for Senior Leaders gives you a ‘space’ to deal with personal and business challenges. You will get insights into habitual ways of working that hold individuals and organisations in stasis, and practical ways to solve problems and make decisions in high-pressure situations. You will also improve your ability to relate to others in teams and across your organisation and as a result you will uncover more opportunities, become more resilient, and lead more sustainably.

Cranfield is at the forefront of the scientific enquiry into mindful leadership practice; what works and how, plus how it can benefit individuals and organisations. Our extensive research programmes embedded in a variety of organisations suggest that mindfulness helps leaders better manage and deal with stressful and uncertain situations, using pragmatic tools and techniques we will help you tailor your practices for your own organisation and its culture.

When these practices are developed in such a context-specific way, leaders become more adept at managing the relationship with themselves and those around them because they are able to deal with tensions, uncertainty or conflict productively. It also helps you create balance in your work life, protect against illness and prevent burn-out. 

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 14 - 15 Jun 2017
    • 08 - 09 Nov 2017
    • 19 - 20 Jun 2018
    • 10 - 11 Jan 2019
  • Duration2 days, residential
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£2,900 + VAT

What you will learn

This leadership retreat has been developed based on our extensive expertise of using mindful leadership practices in organisational settings ranging from corporate environments to the military.

The retreat will help you to ready yourself on how best to meet your leadership challenges. In a subtle, relaxed, yet professionally managed way, we will guide you through techniques that enable you to slow down, take stock and uncover new and innovative options available to you.

Once the optimum possibilities are clear, you can clarify your leadership priorities and return to your workplace refreshed, galvanised for action and confident in your own resolve and ability to achieve your aims.

Leading on from the retreat, you will continue to benefit from the leadership practices you will have generated for yourself with the assistance of your retreat facilitators. You will know how to support yourself, and others, in the face of ongoing volatility. We have, therefore, created an ongoing support structure because we know from experience that the skills you will learn on this retreat really comes into their own when they becomes a social practice. A social practice that is nurtured and continuously co-created by individuals willing to approaching – rather than avoiding – uncertainty, ambiguity, and complexity; ultimately committed to transforming their organisational culture towards a mindful one.

Core content

This programme gives you a ‘space’ to deal with personal and business challenges.

  • A two-day residential, arriving the evening before to meet the other delegates and relax.
  • Two coaching follow-up webinars to further embed learning and connect over ongoing leadership challenges
  • Peer-to-peer coaching and mentoring so that learning continues to embed following the residential.
  • An online portal with staged learning materials and implementation support.


  • Enhanced personal mastery.
  • Greater alignment of personal and organisational values.
  • Insights into habitual ways of working that hold individuals and organisations in stasis, and practical ways to solve problems and make decisions in high-pressure situations.
  • Improved ability to relate to others in teams and across the organisation, reliably and respectfully.
  • Access to on-going mindful leadership practice events and activities.

Who should attend

Senior managers and executives who want to stand out and achieve results because they have higher self-awareness, enhanced situational awareness, and a better grasp on making smart and sustainable decisions in the midst of difficulty.

Programme Directors

Dr. Jutta Tobias

Jenny Robinson

Accommodation options and prices

Tuition, course materials, full board accommodation and lifelong access to Alumni Membership benefits are included in the price of this course.

Location and travel

Cranfield School of Management is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. 

The School is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield Management Development Centre 
Wharley End
MK43 0HG

This course is provided by Cranfield Management Development Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of Cranfield University